Kick back, relax at Guam's Ypao Beach

by Anne Jing Ping Wen
Stripes Guam
Governor Joseph Flores Beach Park, or Ypao Beach as it is most commonly referred to, is Guam’s most iconic relaxation spot.
 
Located in downtown Tumon, the beach lies adjacent to one of Guam’s largest public parks, set with two playgrounds and rows of pavilions. The amphitheatre, located in the back of the park, regularly hosts music festivals, charity functions, and village parties.
 
When you turn your car down a steep hill by the Tumon Proa, parked cars line the roads and inside the gate. Although parking within the gate is only allowed until 6 pm, the beach and park are open 24-7, permitted swimmers and visitors relax at their own risk.
 
On the beach, lifeguards are on patrol during the day, but after hours permitted swimmers and visitors relax at their own risk.
The most common visitors are tourists. As they giggle and speak in foreign languages, their children bask in the sun or build tall sandcastles. The laughter of young children fill the air as teenagers sit under parasols, earphones in their ears and eyes fast asleep. The beach bursts with subdued emotion: quiet, relaxing, and exciting.
 
 As fresh air caresses your cheek, do not forget to spend a few minutes in the shallow waters, which are safe for children and adults alike. Colorful fish swim along the shorelines, and their colors reflect the beauty of Guam’s sunset and tropical environment — green from coconut trees, yellow from the sun, and blue from a vast ocean.
 
The next time you head to Tumon, do not forget to stop by Ypao Beach — a free and public venue. Wear sunblock, bring a towel, and spend a long afternoon with family and friends appreciating the natural beauty of this island.
 
Ypao Beach
Tel: +1 671-475-6288
Hours: 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Address: Near junction of Pale San Vitores Rd. and Route 14 B, Tamuning, Guam

 

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